This joint degree combines the study of archaeology and classics. By bringing together the study of ancient historical sources with the theory and practice of archaeology, you will explore the ancient civilisations of Greece, Rome, Egypt and the Near East. In the broadest sense the ancient civilisations of the Mediterranean began with the development of farming and the growth of complex societies in western Asia. This culminated with the rise of Christianity and Islam. The influence of these civilisations extended over a huge area from the northern coasts of Britain in Northwest Europe to the boundaries of Iran in the Near East and beyond. Insights into cultures The rich body of literary and documentary texts that survive from this period provide fascinating insights into the culture and society of these ancient civilisations. Analysis of these compelling documentary sources forms a key component of this programme. However, historical accounts are often fragmentary, and are sometimes biased towards major events or prominent individuals. Archaeology is the study of the material remains of past peoples. It offers an extra source of evidence for reconstructing and understanding the day-to-day lives of the ancient Mediterranean people. Study and practical skills You will develop skills in the critical study of historical texts and the material remains of the ancient civilisations. You can choose to study the ancient languages, Greek and Latin, or modern languages. We emphasise the importance of training in practical archaeological skills. You can gain hands-on experience of artefact identification and analysis in practical sessions using artefacts from our own Vere Gordon Childe collection. Fieldwork You will complete three weeks of archaeological fieldwork at the end of Year 1. In later years of study you will also have the option to do:
- further fieldwork
- projects in heritage management and public engagement
- lab-based analysis of archaeological remains
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
Standard Qualification Requirements
Detailed entry requirements, including typical offer levels, and information about other qualifications we accept, are available on the University of Edinburgh’s website. You’ll also find important information on how to apply. You must submit a fully completed UCAS application that includes details of the qualifications you are taking, including full predicted grades for qualifications not yet completed, your personal statement and your reference.
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Minimum Qualification Requirements
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English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6.5||Total 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each component.|
|TOEFL (iBT)||92||Total 92 with at least 20 in each component (including Home Edition). We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.|
|Cambridge English Advanced||Total 176 with at least 162 in each component.|
|Cambridge English Proficiency||Total 176 with at least 162 in each component.|
|Trinity ISE||ISE II with distinctions in all four components|
|PTE Academic||62||Total 62 with at least 54 in each component.|
You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence. For SQA, GCSE and IB students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher: SQA National 5 at C; SQA Standard Grade at 3; GCSE at C or 4; Level 2 Certificate at C or IB Standard Level at 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry). We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests. English language qualifications must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the degree you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, Trinity ISE, or PTE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.
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Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9250*||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.
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